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State’s unemployment picture looking a bit better

The view of the north side of the Statehouse.

The view of the north side of the Statehouse.

March 26, 2010, 12:01 a.m. Updated March 26, 2010, 1:34 p.m.

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— Kansas saw modest but atypical growth in manufacturing jobs from January to February, a sign that its economy may be improving, the state Department of Labor reported Friday.

The department also said in its monthly jobs report that the state saw a slight but better-than-average increase in overall employment from January to February. Also, its unemployment rate dipped to 6.8 percent in February from 7.2 percent in January.

"While it is still too early to say the Kansas labor market is out of the woods, I am encouraged by a number of promising signs," Labor Secretary Jim Garner said.

The department's report did show that the employment picture remains weaker than it was a year ago. About 1.4 million Kansans were employed in February, while nearly 103,000 were actively seeking work.

The unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February 2009. Also, almost 44,000 fewer Kansans held nonfarm jobs last month than in February 2009, and manufacturing employment is still almost 10 percent lower than it was last year.

But the state gained 3,500 manufacturing jobs from January to February, bringing the total to 160,500. The growth was about 2.2 percent over the month.

Department spokeswoman Annie Flachsbarth said manufacturing employment typically doesn't fluctuate widely from month to month. Over the past decade, the average manufacturing employment gain from January to February has been 300 jobs, she said.

State officials also saw a positive sign in the month-to-month comparison of the number of Kansans actively seeking work.

Flachsbarth said during the past 10 years, the average decline in the figure from January to February has been about 4,200. This year, the drop was about 5,900.

The department also said about 16,600 Kansans filed their first claims for unemployment benefits in February, compared to almost 24,000 in February 2009.

"These are encouraging signs that we'll be watching closely over the coming months," Garner said.

But the department's monthly report also showed that employment by government agencies in Kansas, including local school districts, is robust compared to employment by private industries.

From January to February, the state gained 5,000 government jobs, bringing the total to 266,500, growth of 1.9 percent.

Over the year, even as the state saw nonfarm jobs decline by 3.2 percent, government hiring grew 0.1 percent, adding about 300 jobs overall.

Comments

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

In a year, having a 6.8 unemployment rate will look like the teddy bears' picnic.

BigPrune 4 years, 9 months ago

Is this figure using the "Obama" method of calculating? I don't buy it for a minute.

Using Clinton's unemployment formula, the unemployment rate nationally is 20%.

The sheep aren't as dumb as the politicians want them to be.

The new healthcare plan will only increase unemployment for small businesses. I know too many business owners at the cusp of making layoffs because of it.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 9 months ago

BigPrune (anonymous) says…

The sheep aren't as dumb as the politicians want them to be.

You aren't?

Could've fooled me.

christie 4 years, 9 months ago

Stock market is about to break 11,000.

After 8 Years of steady declines the economy is rebounding.

If you want to go backwards put your car in (R)epublican. If you want to go forward put your car in (D)emocrat.

Democrats pass health care reform. Republicans want to kill you for it.

FIGURE IT OUT PEOPLE.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Democrats want your tax dollars to pay for ED drugs for sex offenders. Hopenchange.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"BigPrune (anonymous) says… Is this figure using the "Obama" method of calculating? I don't buy it for a minute. Using Clinton's unemployment formula, the unemployment rate nationally is 20%. The sheep aren't as dumb as the politicians want them to be. The new healthcare plan will only increase unemployment for small businesses. I know too many business owners at the cusp of making layoffs because of it."

BigPrune, did you ever attend economic 101? The method has already been established:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4621309_calculate-unemployment-rate.html

How have all the Republicans gone mad just because Obama got elected? Did you get the "fact" that Obama created his own unemployment rate calculation to benefit himself by watching Fox news?

Me neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says… Democrats want your tax dollars to pay for ED drugs for sex offenders. Hopenchange."

You know, the Republicans are getting nowhere by picking small items in the bills like this, and then keep repeating it. It's a fact, of course. But is that how you use the fact? Can people be more focused on the real issues, and look at things more objectively?

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"TJ1776 (anonymous) says… The stock market is not the economy the gains in the DOW are not backed by real growth. But investors will steal their share of the stimulus and then get out."

Stock market is the first indicator of the health of the economy. Not the most accurate one, not one that you'd like to put your trust on, but it's as accurate as the growth of retail sales. That's where Bush got his agenda wrong. His tax decrease was focused on retail sales, so it makes the government looks good, and helped drive up DOW. Obama's stimulus (inherited from Bush) ain't the best either, as it wasn't aimed at the right place. But at least, it's not aimed at retail sales. Cheers.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 9 months ago

If Obama fixes the economy, cuts unemployment, and passes health care in 4 years, you right-wingers are going to be eating some serious crow come election time.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 9 months ago

where are these jobs ????? i search jobs every day and i don't see them.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"rando1965 (anonymous) says… where are these jobs ????? i search jobs every day and i don't see them."

Not in your area. There're sunset industries, and sunrise industries. 0.4% reduction doesn't mean there is a job that fits you. Keep looking.

BigPrune 4 years, 9 months ago

I get it now! All the democrats who write on here work for the government. Get back to work! You're wasting MY tax dollars.

BigPrune 4 years, 9 months ago

livingstone, Your link is outdated - it is from 2008.

Obama calculates the unemployment rate different. His has projected new businesses and projected closed businesses. That's why the numbers are skewed in his favor. The actual unemployment rate is much higher. I used Clinton as an example to show impartiality because I like to look at everything with an open mind. You Socialists should try it.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"Ricky_Vaughn (anonymous) says… If Obama fixes the economy, cuts unemployment, and passes health care in 4 years, you right-wingers are going to be eating some serious crow come election time."

During the 1980s recession, the job growth began 1.5 years after the economy grew. Oh, the Republicans are not even listening to their favorite Prez? Are they?

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

Big Prune,

I'm sure people are smart enough like you to differentiate unemployment calculation. I'm sure Obama is helping Bush cools down the blame too.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 9 months ago

BigPrune (anonymous) says…

Obama calculates the unemployment rate different.

Different from whom? Different from two years ago? Different from 10 years ago? Different from 20 years ago?

Baaaaaaaaaa.

PosseComitatus 4 years, 9 months ago

The numbers are a little interesting. If you look at the raw employment figures we lost 836 jobs across the State during the month.

February 2010 Civilian Labor Force 1,507,422 Employment 1,404,659 Unemployment 102,763 Unemployment Rate 6.8

January 2010 Civilian Labor Force 1,514,139 Employment 1,405,495 Unemployment 108,644 Unemployment Rate 7.2

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Mid-term elections can't come soon enough.

PosseComitatus 4 years, 9 months ago

The figures above came directly from the State Department of Labor.

I have to agree with edjayhawk that it appears that there are less people receiving unemployment benefits and that skews the unemployment rate.

I guess the disturbing piece here is the State felt the need to issue a press release and the media just repeats the message.

georgiahawk 4 years, 9 months ago

True conservatives, good news is bad news! Keep spinning! The new symbol of the Repub's should be chicken little! The sky is falling!

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 9 months ago

PosseComitatus (anonymous) says…

I guess the disturbing piece here is the State felt the need to issue a press release and the media just repeats the message.

You mean the same press release the department has issued every month for decades?

Indeed, that is disturbing.

Get a grip.

Sue McDaniel 4 years, 9 months ago

FALL 2010 Enough said. Any one can juggle the stats.....

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

rando1965 (anonymous) says… where are these jobs ????? i search jobs every day and i don't see them.

Perhaps you are being to picky. My sister was laid off and said there were plenty of jobs out there. Of course, she isn't looking for 6 figures, and she is willing to work 2 part time jobs to make ends meet. Also, day shifts are nice, but she is willing to work anything. Maybe you should be more flexible.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

"tomatogrower (anonymous) says… rando1965 (anonymous) says… where are these jobs ????? i search jobs every day and i don't see them.

Perhaps you are being to picky. My sister was laid off and said there were plenty of jobs out there. Of course, she isn't looking for 6 figures, and she is willing to work 2 part time jobs to make ends meet. Also, day shifts are nice, but she is willing to work anything. Maybe you should be more flexible."

Maybe rando1965 should learn how to use the internet too? Or wait outside a Home Depot alongside the illegals in Texas. It's time to take those jobs back for Americans... :P

Sunny Parker 4 years, 9 months ago

There are no jobs and it's about to get worse! Businesses will be getting rid of workers when Obomba care goes into effect.

Best you start saving people.

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

"unny (anonymous) says… There are no jobs and it's about to get worse! Businesses will be getting rid of workers when Obomba care goes into effect."

As a small business owner, I provide insurance for my people, at a high rate. I pay part, they pay part. If I can get our group into one of the coops, our premiums should drop. It will save me money, and perhaps I can hire that extra person we've been needing. It might hurt businesses who don't provide health insurance for their employees, you're right. But I think those are lousy employers anyway, and they probably have a high turnover rate anyway. Who wants to work for a company that doesn't offer insurance?

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 9 months ago

Sunny,

The "gotcha" method used by Joe the Plumber doesn't work anymore. You gotta to have data to show that it's true or false. Repeating one piece of information you got from somewhere ain't going to work. I've seen similar comments from new media outlet... did you get it from there. With millions of people around, I don't think there will be a consistent point of view against Obama's healthcare. How come Mccain is as smart as Hannity, and so many other Republicans, and even the tea partiers? In a real democracy, the messages are very diverse.

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